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First, Merry Christmas to everyone who might be reading this! I think that I have been much more mindful of the fact that this season is about the incarnation of our Savior than I have in many years--it has been wonderful.

In reading an article about what sort of things college football bowls were giving to the players for playing (the Alamo Bowl, in which the Huskers and Michigan will play in a few days, gave the players XBox 360s), I found this interesting about the Peach Bowl:

It’s not always about the money. The Peach Bowl gift list included the book “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge. The book’s message, as quoted from the inside dust jacket, is every man must have “a battle to fight, a beauty to rescue and an adventure to live.”

S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain (which sponsors the Peach Bowl), selected the book for the players. He operates his restaurants with strong moral and spiritual guidelines, said Matt Garvey, Peach Bowl director of communications.

“It’s just his way of impacting the players’ lives in a positive way,” Garvey said. “Who knows if anybody will read them? But he wasn’t going to let an opportunity like this pass him by.”

For most players, a book probably won’t make as heavy an impact as a video entertainment system.

I am personally not sure that I am thrilled with every aspect of Wild at Heart, but I don't know of any book that would be better to give a big group of football players. I guess I hope that Miami and LSU football players can get something out of it. I imagine some (*cough*Lindsey*cough*) might disagree, though.

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You're right. "Wild At Heart" is not exactly my favorite book. And I think there would be better books to give football players. However, I do think "Wild At Heart" does have several good points, but it pretty much goes overkill on most of them by the end of the book. Same as "Captivating," the similarly-themed book for women.

So pardon me, I need to go put on a sundress and go spinning through a field of daisies right about now, and wait to be rescued.

What I meant to get across (although never actually did) was that "Wild at Heart" would be a good book for relating Christianity to testosterone-driven, manly men. I'm guessing they might not be as likely to get deeply into "Desiring God," for example, as they would be to get into a book about being genuinely masculine.

Which books were you thinking might be better for football players?

*cough*PrayerofJabez*cough*

Pride and Prejudice. It'll help them pick up girls.

I thought Eldredge narrowly defined masculinity, and God forbid that you're male and don't like Braveheart and want to be William Wallace. Maybe all men do want to be all of that, but I thought Eldredge's view of masculinity was, well, stereotypical to some degree.

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